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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 63                                                         
Friday, March 30, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “My outlook is I would like just to win a Masters in my career, whether it's next year, whether it happens five years down the road. Okay, I would like to win more than one given the true choice, but just to win it once would be amazing. I feel like I know the golf course, I've played well. I know my chances are going to come again, so I'm not putting too much emphasis. The course doesn't recognize what happened last year. Just go in and build a new fresh week. And execution, that's what Augusta's all about. You can go in playing well but mentally you've got to be sharp.”

BRAIN TEASER: He is the current Race to Dubai leader, two-time European Tour winner and making his first start at the Houston Open this week. Who is he?

NICHE MARKET: TaylorMade Golf has announced the extension of its P790 irons with the P790 UDI. It is a forged driving iron engineered with the company’s SpeedFoam Technology. According to TaylorMade, to date World #1 Dustin Johnson, #3 Jon Rahm as well as Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day have all played the P790 UDI on Tour already this season.

Similar to the other irons in the set, the P790 UDI is constructed with a soft, 8620 carbon steel body combined with high-strength forged 4140 carbon steel with a wrapped-face construction in a hollow body design.

The P790 UDI also features a re-engineered Inverted Cone Technology, TaylorMade said, optimized for the slightly smaller face area. Its previous ICT had a larger, heavier profile. The new, smaller Inverted Cone in the P790 UDI allows for reduced face thickness, according in to the company, at the edges of the face, thus increasing flexibility from heel to toe and low on the clubface, resulting in more ball speed across the entire face. For forgiveness and playability, P790 UDI features strategically placed internal metal-injection-molded (MIM) tungsten weighting for precise CG placement and higher moment of inertia (MOI).

“After experiencing increasing demand from the best golfers on worldwide Tours, we’re excited to bring the Ultimate Driving Iron to golfers everywhere with the new P790 UDI. Offering SpeedFoam in a driving iron for the first time ever, the P790 UDI delivers distance and accuracy like never before seen in an iron,” said Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Product Creation.

TaylorMade is making it available at retail starting today at $219 USD, P790 UDI will be offered in RH only as a 2-iron (17°).

LUXURY MARKET? Bentley UK, the global license partner for golf of the world-renowned Bentley Motor Company, announced the appointment of Bentley Golf North America, LLC, as the exclusive distributor of the entire line of Bentley Golf Equipment throughout the North American market in a multi-year agreement.

Developed in conjunction with Professional Golf Europe Ltd, the line features Japanese forgings, waterproof leather golf bags and luggage, accessories, including sterling silver ball marker and pitchfork made in the United Kingdom.

Graham Webb, partner at Bentley Golf, remarked, “Simon Wilson and Chip Unfried, owners of Bentley Golf North America, LLC, bring the professionalism and experience we were looking for in a partner to ensure all Bentley retailers and end users will receive the same level of service we offer our clients throughout the world. Whether a Bentley owner, or new to the Bentley brand, the level of expertise Simon and Chip offer, along with the ongoing customer support from their base at Huntington Beach, California, will ensure the experience of purchasing a Bentley Golf product will be unrivaled in the industry. Simon’s recent past saw him working with the world’s best players as True Temper PGA and European Tour Representative, and previously oversaw production of some of the largest golf companies in the world. Combining this with Chip’s long-standing success in business, both inside and outside of the golf industry, we believe we have found the perfect partners to develop the Bentley Golf business in the largest golf market in the world.”

“When I first saw the Bentley Golf line of equipment I realized this was unlike anything the industry had seen before,” added Wilson. “The attention to detail is stunning, the materials, the designs, everything in the range offers a luxury I had never seen before. Having then tested the product ourselves, we knew we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be involved. We look forward to working with the Bentley dealerships and the finest golf shops and retailers, to bring Bentley Golf to the North American market.”

WEB GEMS:

FIRST MAJOR OF THE YEAR: Ayako Uehara of Japan took advantage of perfect morning conditions to set the early pace with a six-under-par 66 in the first round at the ANA Inspiration in California on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

TIGER TIME? This Masters is as much about a red shirt as a green jacket. Tiger Woods is back for only the second time in the last five years, and what makes the sight of him at Augusta National even more tantalizing is that Woods is starting to look like the player who dominated golf for nearly 15 years. He has power. His short game is sharp. He makes putts. Never mind that Woods is not ranked among the top 100 players. Or that it has been 13 years since he last won the Masters in that Sunday red shirt, and four years and eight months since he last won any tournament. READ MORE>>>

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM: PGA Tour rookie Sam Ryder played just enough golf Thursday to get his name atop the leaderboard in the Houston Open. Ryder holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to reach 8-under par before it was too dark to continue. The opening round was delayed two hours because of overnight rain that dumped more than 2 inches on the Golf Club of Houston. But it was partly cloudy, warm and breezy for most of the day, with a forecast for more of the same through the weekend. Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and Kevin Tway each shot 7-under 65 in the morning. They had a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler, Rod Pampling, Ryan Armour and Julian Suri among those who completed their rounds. Beau Hossler, another PGA Tour rookie, was at 7 under through 16 holes. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “My outlook is I would like just to win a Masters in my career, whether it's next year, whether it happens five years down the road. Okay, I would like to win more than one given the true choice, but just to win it once would be amazing. I feel like I know the golf course, I've played well. I know my chances are going to come again, so I'm not putting too much emphasis. The course doesn't recognize what happened last year. Just go in and build a new fresh week. And execution, that's what Augusta's all about. You can go in playing well but mentally you've got to be sharp.”--Justin Rose, last year’s runner up at The Masters.

Shubhankar Sharma is the current Race to Dubai leader, has won twice on the European Tour winner and is making his first start at the Houston Open, only his second career PGA TOUR event.

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